“People are our number one value.”
A conversation with Scott Flynn of indieDwell, Inc.
By Wayne Erik Rysavy
As a chemical-environmental engineer, Scott Flynn often wondered if the built environment could better integrate and interact with the natural environment. Though he worked on construction crews for years building docks and helping with other smaller projects, the idea of creating a more equitable balance between the built and natural environments didn’t materialize until he walked the job site of a friend’s home over 15 years ago. It was there, amidst the rough-in structure before him, that he realized he could find an equilibrium between housing and nature, and that this idea could become the beginning of a much larger mission.
Now a renowned builder of Flynner Homes and a founding partner of indieDwell, inc., Flynn has turned his thoughts into reality. In the process he has achieved numerous certifications, including becoming the first custom design and building Certified B Corporation in the world for Flynner Homes as well as obtaining Certified B Corporation status for indieDwell. Flynn and his team have also received two of the city’s Building Excellence Awards for Sustainability largely due to the thoughtful green building designs that are net zero and three-times Energy Star status.
With all of these notable successes, Flynn remains humble and even more resolute in his desire to bring housing and nature into a greater balance. “Helping humanity and helping us evolve our thinking is possible,” Flynn said while discussing indieDwell. Born out of the expansion of Flynner Homes over three years ago, indieDwell is a public benefit corporation that essentially “disrupts” the usual processes of design and construction.